George and the Big Bang

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George and the Big Bang

By Stephen Hawking; Lucy Hawking; Garry Parsons (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781442440050, 287pp.

Publication Date: August 28, 2012

Explore how the universe began and thwart evil along the way in this cosmic adventure from Stephen and Lucy Hawking that includes a graphic novel.
George has problems. He has twin baby sisters at home who demand his parents attention. His beloved pig Freddy has been exiled to a farm, where he's miserable. And worst of all, his best friend, Annie, has made a new friend whom she seems to like more than George.
So George jumps at the chance to help Eric with his plans to run a big experiment in Switzerland that seeks to explore the earliest moment of the universe. But there is a conspiracy afoot, and a group of evildoers is planning to sabotage the experiment. A mysterious message from George's old nemesis, Reeper, brings shocking new information, but whose side is Reeper really on? And can George repair his friendship with Annie and piece together the clues before Eric's experiment is destroyed forever?
This engaging adventure features essays by Professor Stephen Hawking and other eminent physicists about the origins of the universe and ends with a twenty-page graphic novel that explains how the Big Bang happened in reverse

About the Author
Stephen Hawking, a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, is the preeminent theoretical physicist in the world. His book "A Brief History of Time" was a phenomenal worldwide bestseller. He has twelve honorary degrees and was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire and was made a Companion of Honour. He has three children and one grandchild. Visit him at

Lucy Hawking, Stephen Hawking s daughter, is a journalist and novelist. She is the coauthor of "George s Secret Key to the Universe," "George s Cosmic Treasure Hunt," and "George and the Big Bang," as well as the author of the adultnovels "Jaded" and "Run for Your Life." She lives in Cambridge with her son.

Garry Parsons is the award-winning illustrator of many books, including "George s Secret Key to the Universe," "George s Cosmic Treasure Hunt," and "George and the Big Bang" by Lucy and Stephen Hawking; "Billy s Bucket" by Kes Gray, and "What s" "Cool About School" by Kate Agnew. He lives in London. Visit him at"

Praise For George and the Big Bang

"This addition to the series does not disappoint."